On the city
of the obtrusive, the brazen-faced, the pen-demagogues and tongue-demagogues, the overheated ambitious:--
And then the great gate in the city
wall opposite the platform of Hortan Gur swung suddenly wide.
Nestled in a deep valley lay a city
of Martian concrete, whose every street and plaza and open space was roofed with glass.
It began at Salt Lake City
with a hundred telephones, in 1880.
But the Guardian of the Gate is considered a faithful Guardian, and the King's Army will not let the City
be conquered without a struggle.
Some wireless communications had failed of a satisfactory ending, and fleet and city
remembered they were hostile powers.
They stood a long time on the hilltop, feasting their eyes on the splendor of the Emerald City
In order that the Indians in the Bumper camp might not hear rumors of the new plan to locate the hidden city
, and, at the same time, to keep rumors from spreading to the camp of the rivals, the scientist and his friends started a new shaft, and put a shift of men at work on it.
In the sixteenth, it seems to retreat visibly, and to bury itself deeper and deeper in the old city
, so thick had the new city
already become outside of it.
Beyond the open door Tarzan, from his distant perch, caught but a fleeting glimpse of life within the city
, just enough to indicate that there were other human creatures who abode there, and then the door closed.
With the noiselessness of disembodied spirits we moved stealthily along the deserted streets, but not until we were within sight of the plain beyond the city
did I commence to breathe freely.
Hence it is evident that a city
is a natural production, and that man is naturally a political animal, and that whosoever is naturally and not accidentally unfit for society, must be either inferior or superior to man: thus the man in Homer, who is reviled for being "without society, without law, without family.